I am nearly three years old. My father is carrying me on his shoulders down to the river to feed the swans. I walk part of the way and fill my pockets with banded snails, Cepaea Hortensis. Feathers. Small treasures.
My father was for a time a shepherd. We learn the names of the trees, of the flowers and birds. My mother collected the broken glass from church windows, my grandfather a glassblower in the Netherlands.
I am half Dutch. Stories of war and of loss. I am half English, trout swimming, birds singing, summer green and endless, leaves falling in autumn.
In my pocket, a leaf, the brilliant iridescent blue banded feather of a jay.
In my hands a memory. On the table an accumulation of small treasures. Poetry stones of clay, creatures of the forest, antlers, a wren. Windows of brilliant cast glass - colour, diamonds of light. By my side my granddaughter and now also a grandson not yet unfurled, small stones, a leaf, a feather.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training
2006 - MA Ceramics with Glass , Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College, High Wycombe
2005 - Wardrobe Stories, Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead
2010 - British Glass Biennale, The Ruskin Glass Centre, Amblecote, Stourbridge, DY8 4HF
2010 - Essence, The Glass Art Gallery, London
2008 - Beautifully Crafted, National Glass Centre, Sunderland
2008 - British Glass Biennale, The Ruskin Glass Centre, Stourbridge
2008 - British Glass Biennale 2008, The Ruskin Glass Centre, Amblecote, Stourbridge, DY8 4HF
2007 - Art for Youth, The Mall Galleries, London
2007 - Glass Sellers Prize 2007, London Glassblowing Workshop and Glass Art Gallery, London
2007 - MA all, Stroud house Gallery, Stroud
2007 - Perspectives: Special Trees of the Chilterns, Natural History Museum, Tring
2007 - Perspectives: Special Trees of the Chilterns, Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead
2006 - British Glass Biennale, Ruskin Glass Centre, Amblecote
2006 - Surfacing, The River and Rowing Museum, Henley-on Thames
2006 - The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2006, The Royal Academy, London
Competitions, prizes and awards
2009 - Finalist: International Garden Photographer of the Year, Kew Gardens, London
2008 - Finalist: International Garden Photographer of the Year, Kew Gardens, London
2008 - Winner: The Royal Landscape Photography Competition 2008, Savill Gardens, Windsor
2006 - The Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers Student Prize, Worshipful Company of Glass sellers, London
2011 - New Glass Review 32
2008 - New Glass Review 29